Stress usually accompanies while dashing to find success, but not for my friend, Cecil Murphey. I asked his permission to share his latest blog post from: Cec Murphey’s Writer to Writer.
- Be conscious that others watch how we live our lives—defeated or triumphant. Cec writes: “I want to be like you when I grow up.” I’ve heard that comment from writers of all ages. And I understand. “You’re my role model,” is another way I’ve heard it.
- Choose to be successful. Cec says: “Both comments mean they’ve defined me as successful. And yes, I am, but it’s because I’ve decided I’m a success.”
- Be bold to define your success. Cec asserts: “My definition has shifted through the decades. When I began publishing articles, and before moving into books, I envisioned halos of success around those who had published a book—a real book through a royalty-paying publisher. In my mind, that author had arrived.”
- Be ready to change your goals. Cec did: “Then I sold my first book, followed by a second and a third. My concept of achievement changed to think anyone who had published more books than I had or produced bigger sales figures was successful. Thus, for me, professional triumph was a moving target.”
- Be open to change your definition of success: “At this stage of my development, I admit that I’m successful—but not for the reasons I once understood. At the end of my email signature each month, I write one of my maxims. Here’s what I wrote one month: The greatest privilege I have in this life is to be exactly who I am.”
- Know the secret to daily success, Cec writes: “Almost every morning I awaken and thank God for what I call my joyful contentment. I truly like my life and relish being who I am. Others may be (and are) more successful with larger sales, more published books, or any other measurement.”
- Embrace the correct focus: “And if I focused on external measures to judge whether I was a star, I’d probably say, ‘Not quite.’”
- Know the source of true success: “I’d always find reasons I wasn’t successful. And so will you. But if you and I measure internally, it means we don’t have to be famous, make millions, or publish 400 books during our lifetimes. If we like ourselves, embrace our work, and live with integrity intact, we’re successful.”
- Know what your daily duty is: “Each day I thank God for my talents. I didn’t give them to myself. So what reason do I have to boast? My task is to be faithful in using my gifts.”
- Share your knowledge. Cec’s success extends to his generosity as he shares his insights on his blog at: Cec Murphey’s Writer to Writer
Cec’s insights prompted me to reflect that I can find, not complacency, but contentment in relishing the stage I’m in. The tasks God placed before me. The challenges He’s walking me through and the path to the success He has planned for me.
How about you? Can you count on the success God promised in I Cor. 2:9, “As it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’”
Father, thank you for giving me clarity. Loving you first, following you and obeying your Word will be what will keep me from comparing myself to others, take the wrong path, or live with stress. I anticipate receiving what you have prepared for those who love you. In Jesus name I thank you. Amen.
- How do you define success?
- Who determines how successful you should be?
- How do you find success?
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